Marybeth J. MacPhee

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Marybeth J. MacPhee, Ph.D.Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Department of Anthropology+Sociology

Contact Information

x5407mmacphee@rwu.eduGHH 305


B.A. Wellesley College M.A., Ph.D. University of Arizona

The central focus of Dr. Marybeth MacPhee’s work is the interaction of mind, body, and environment. In particular, her current research explores of ways that culture, community, and sense of place shape experiences of vulnerability and practices to promote health in rural Scotland. MacPhee’s research and teaching merges perspectives from the fields of cultural anthropology, public health, rural development, and sustainability studies. Previously, she has conducted ethnographic investigations on AIDS and the meanings and practices associated with anti-retroviral medications in the U.S., and on the influence of embodied experience on household health promotion practices in rural Morocco.

Select Publications and Presentations:

Consulting External Partners in Starting an Undergraduate Public Health Program. November 2013 (poster), ASPPH Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit, Boston. Co-authors: Dr. Kerri Warren and Dr. Tom Sorger, RWU Department of Biology.

Quality of Life and Encounters of Place. June 2013 (paper) International Conference: Encounters and engagements, creating new agendas for medical anthropology, Tarragona, Spain.

Vulnerability and the Art of Protection: Embodiment and Health Care in Moroccan Households, 2012 Carolina Academic Press.

Egyptian Education and Reforms Preceding the Arab Spring. January 2012 (paper), American Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting. Washington DC.

Health Promotion in an Environment of Conflict and Scarcity: The Sociopolitics of Physical Education in the Northeast United States. March 2008 (paper) Society for Applied Anthropology meeting in Memphis, TN.

Negotiating Power and Trust: The Implications of Ethnography in the Politics of Risk. April 2005 (paper)  Society for Applied Anthropology meeting in Santa Fe, NM.

Traveling the Uncharted Path of Leadership in Federal Anthropology in Practicing Anthropology, 27(3):25-28, Summer 2005.  Co-authors: S. Heurtin-Roberts and C. Foster.

The Weight of the Past in the Experience of Health: Time, Embodiment, and Cultural Change in Morocco in Ethos, 32(3):374-396, 2004.

Health Disparities, Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism in Public Policy Discourse: Incongruence between Concept and Action. March 2004 (paper) Society for Medical Anthropology meeting, Dallas, TX. Co-author: Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts.

Medicine for the Heart: The Embodiment of Faith in Morocco, in Medical Anthropology, 22:53-83, 2003.

Courses taught:

ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 205 Religious Diversity in Global Perspective
ANTH 270 Global Health
ANTH 370 Medical Anthropology
SOC 300 Social Theory